Smorgasburg opens in DUMBO

Food with a view! Smorgasburg market gets second home in DUMBO

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A Williamsburg food fest-turned-international culinary hot spot is getting a second waterfront home, where a sweeping view of the Brooklyn Bridge will be on the menu.

The gastro-centric marketplace Smorgasburg — where farmers meet foodies on Saturdays at N. Sixth Street — is expanding to DUMBO’s Tobacco Warehouse on Sundays for twice the scenic outdoor grub.

Organizer Eric Demby said the expansion comes at the request of eager food vendors, who hope to make some extra dough and get more exposure from the bridge and Manhattan skyline-boasting location.

“It’s such a beautiful spot — there’s just something magical about the Brooklyn Bridge,” Demby said.

The Sunday food fest — which will keep the market’s punny name despite DUMBOs unfortunate lack of a “burg” suffix — will feature roughly 75 vendors, making it three-fourths the size of its flagship location.

Demby said the new market, which will run Sept. 9–Nov. 18, will feature mouth-watering grub from vendors such as “a chili guy I’m excited about” and a team of bakery owners who “frost-to-order black and white cookies” but, alas, no beer, at least for now.

It’s not the first time Demby — who also operates the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene and Williamsburg — set up shop in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

In 2009, the vintage clothes and funky antiques market launched under the Brooklyn Bridge until construction forced it out the following year.

The Tobacco Warehouse hasn’t always been such an easy place to gather, either. The historic brick building was wrapped up in a land-use lawsuit, filed by neighbors who claimed the federal government lied to privatize the site and turn it into an arts center, making it trickier to host public events on the land. A judge sided with neighbors last year, but an agreement hashed out with the government to provide additional park land opened the door to the site’s use.

Demby now says he expects the Smorgasburg’s new site to attract families, tourists, and Brownstone Brooklyn foodies — but that the vibe will likely develop more, well, organically.

“It’s like having a baby: You can’t know its identity until it’s actually there,” Demby said. “All you can do is watch it grow and hope for the best.”

Smorgasburg at Tobacco Warehouse [26 New Dock St. at Water Street in DUMBO,] Every Sunday through Nov. 18. Free.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.

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Sunny from Clinton Hill says:
As I am all for expansion of small business don't you feel that all this foodie business jut takes away the foodie and it's just now business? I like that the Brooklyn Flea was the only place where you could get all this great food, it made it special. I didn't mind Smorgusburg it kept the Williamsburg crew out of Clinton Hill. Now with Empire Market near the South Street Seaport, Hester Marker on the LES now a new Smorgusburg which they need to rename for DUMBO, the food isn't that special. Hunting for the best spot the hidden treasure is one of the experience of being a foodie, I even hate that word, I just like good food done right, if Mcdonals did food right I would eat there, they don't so I don't. I understand that these businesses want to grow and rightfully so. I would want to make more money if I put out a great handcrafted product. I just wouldn't want to lose the preciousness of why I started a small business. It's all getting a bit over exposed and there will be a backlash eventually, I see it already with food trucks that look all foodie but serve crap. Now it's just a quick way to make a dollar.
Sept. 10, 2012, 9:21 am
k from gp says:
Smorgusburg DUMBO = SmorgBO
Sept. 10, 2012, 9:47 pm

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